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Carlisle's last independent shoe shop to close

McGrath Shoes in Carlisle. Credit: ITV Border

Carlisle's last independent shoe shop is preparing to close its doors for the final time.

McGrath Shoes on Lowther Street will cease trading next month after 95 years in business.

Once, it was one of nine independent shoe retailers in the city.

Nowadays every clothing store sells shoes, whereas when I first started, each shop sold their own product.

But everywhere you go you can get shoes, even to the point you can go to a garden centre and buy shoes now.

– Callum Shiach, owner


Carlisle church becomes Pokemon Go hotspot

Christ the King Church Credit: ITV Border

A Carlisle church has been unusually busy - all because of the Pokemon Go craze.

People have been gathering at Christ the King in Harraby, which in the Pokemon world is classed as a 'gym'.

The aim of the game is for players to meet up and take part in virtual battles with their Pokemon characters.

Playing Pokemon Go Credit: ITV Border

Michael Docherty, Parish Priest of Christ the King, says players are welcome to pop into the church.

We'd welcome any players. The church is open morning through to evening. They can pop in, light a candle you know refresh themselves after fighting in the gym... whatever that means.

– Fr Michael Docherty, Parish Priest
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